Leeds poised to sign Catania defender

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Leeds United are closing in on the signature of Catania defender Giuseppe Bellusci, according to the latest press reports.

Leeds United's Italian connection could be about to strike again with the signature of Catania stopper Giuseppe Bellusci.

The arrival of Sardinian entrepreneur Massimo Cellino and his transfer guru Nicola Salerno at Elland Road may lead to an increasingly Italian transfer outlook.

According to the Daily Star, Leeds are pushing to try and bring in 24-year-old defender Bellusci, who is currently at Catania.

Catania were relegated from Serie A last season and Bellusci played 20 times for the Elefanti, who are now trying to rebuild their squad for second tier football.

Bellusci was very highly rated as a youngster when he developed at Ascoli and made six appearances for the Italy Under-21 side.

The authoritative centre-back signed for Sicilian side Catania in 2009 and has made one short of 100 total appearances for the side.

The 2011-12 campaign was Bellusci's breakthrough season when he established himself as a regular starter and he has been important to Catania ever since.

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